The Best Affordable Dishwashers of 2018By Reviewed Staff
We've tested over 160 dishwashers in our labs in Cambridge, MA. We know that you can spend more than $1,000 on a dishwasher and get extras like ultra-quiet operation or a third rack. But more affordable models still get dishes clean and dry.
That's why we love the dishwashers on this list, which we've updated for 2017 with the latest models from Whirlpool, Samsung, LG, and GE.
These five dishwashers range in price from $389 to $750, but all did quite well in our tests—and still have helpful features. If you're looking for a good dishwasher that's also a good value, these are the best right now.
Updated September 21, 2018
The new-for-2017 Whirlpool WDT710PAHZ has a sleek look at a budget price. It's a quiet, efficient, stainless steel dishwasher that does a great job cleaning and has true heated drying. We think it's one of the better dishwasher values out there now. With a sleek bar-style handle, it looks like it costs hundreds more, too—so it's ideal for a renovation. Our only complaint is its sometimes-frustrating cutlery basket.
For under $400, the Whirlpool WDF330PAHW is one of the best basic dishwashers you can buy. It's not only affordable—it's also quieter and more efficient than older models, and it will do a better job washing your dishes. A heated dry option will help make sure that you unload dry dishes. Don't expect high end features at this price point, but do expect your dishes to get just about 100% clean on the Normal cycle.
Where To Buy$439.00 AppliancesConnection Buy $379.00 Home Depot Buy $339.99 Best Buy Buy
Available in stainless steel, black and white, the Amana ADB14000AGS dishwasher isn't just one of the most affordable models we've tested—its Normal cycle does a very nice job getting your dishes clean. With only three cycles and two options, it lacks the fancy features of more expensive dishwashers, but it's a good value at $300. Purchase this dishwasher to replace an older model, and it may just sound quiet to you.
Where To Buy$359.00 AppliancesConnection Buy $298.00 Home Depot Buy $299.99 Best Buy Buy
If you’re looking for an affordable dishwasher with a decent range of features, you may be considering the Kenmore 13473. With a stainless finish and solid bar handle, the exterior might even seduce you. You can even choose a Black (13479) or White (13472) model, if it matches your kitchen better.
But once you open the door, which can be a challenge in itself, you might have second thoughts. We spent a week testing this dishwasher in our labs, and while its performance is good, especially on the Normal cycle, we have concerns about its design and reliability. It's not without its appeal, but you may want to check out the the Whirlpool WDF330PAHW first.
Where To Buy$449.99 Sears Buy
What do you want out of your dishwasher? If you want something that's reasonably quiet, has a stainless exterior, and costs under $350, we'd direct you towards the Whirlpool WDF520PADM. We spent a week testing this dishwasher, and found it that does a decent job cleaning dishes without breaking the bank. However, if you're not willing to compromise on performance, there are other options out there.
Where To Buy$519.00 AppliancesConnection Buy $529.00 Home Depot Buy $474.99 Best Buy Buy
If you're shopping for affordable dishwashers, check out our guide, The Best Portable Dishwashers